Santa Barbara County housing authority.

Resources from the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara are wide ranging. The goal is to help stabilize a family, and they use various programs to do this. Ranging from section 8 vouchers for paying a portion of rent to placement into transitional housing, more information on what may be available is below.

When it comes to emergency help, the non-profit may be able to provide referrals. Most of the support directly administered are government funded, such as section 8 or Workforce Housing. But the staff do want to prevent homelessness in both the city and county.

The Santa Barbara County housing authority works to establish permanent affordable rental housing for the less fortunate. In addition, there are local apartments and real estate assets in the city of Santa Barbara as well as County that are monitored to ensure quality and stability while providing clients with a comprehensive roster of supportive services to help them become independent.

Partners of the authority own many units of housing in multiple locations. Low-income, struggling families are referred to these sites. They are also provided resident services to help them navigate the various resources available to them.

Oftentimes, these clients are not aware of or isolated from community resources to due various economic, educational or cultural barriers. In addition, these supportive services from Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara can be complex and difficult to navigate through to find the appropriate assistance. So call the non-profit to learn about various programs and activities designed by resident services to engage needy children and adults to help them learn new skills and enhance a broader sense of community with their neighbors.

Santa Barbara Authority Assistance Program follows the Housing First Approach, which  emphasizes stability and self-sufficiency. However, first the agency is involved in housing the homeless as quickly as possible into shelters or another facility, and then follows up with appropriate supportive services if and when needed. Long term support for future needs can be addressed through voucher programs, such as section 8.

Housing First differs from other strategies because of this immediate and primary focus on helping individuals and families quickly access and then sustain a permanent home or apartment. This focus is consistent with what most homeless individuals  desire and seek help to achieve.




Staff are involved in providing the homeless with assistance in gaining and keeping non-time-limited rental housing as quickly as possible. After this has been done, Authority of the County of Santa Barbara is involved in Post-Placement Services. They will help the client enter into a lease agreement, and the staff will promote and sustain long-term housing stability and individual well-being.

Other resources for housing needs

The programs below may be offered by referrals. They will not be directly offered by the authority.

The Foreclosure Counseling Service from Santa Barbara County housing authority offers hope to homeowners who have fallen behind with their mortgage payments. The HUD approved agency has certified counselors are always ready to assist the client. They will perform a thorough financial analysis to assess the client’s ability to maintain the mortgage.

The steps taken by the authority will involve working with both client and mortgage company to develop a repayment plan that may help prevent foreclosure. If that is possible, then there will be budget as well as debt counseling to help lower the likelihood of future payment problems.

One resource in Santa Barbara County is the Homeless Access Centers. These locations are for families, homeless single adults or youth, veterans, and/or domestic violence survivors. It offers them the following help. Qualified individuals can get emergency basic needs assistance, rapid rehousing and linkage to mainstream benefits and resources low income households.





The partners of the Housing Authority combines that aid with Hunger Relief. These services provide struggling clients with food distribution, meal sites, and grocery boxes. There is also Cultural and Linguistic Access which includes services for low income, disadvantaged Latinos in Santa Barbara County with limited English proficiency. Lastly, the center has Early Childhood Resources for needy families. The parent can enroll into training and access to child abuse services as needed.

The Employment program offers space and shelter for men and women that are currently working part-time or full-time but who are homeless. While residing in the center, a client participates in budgeting and financial literacy workshops to teach them self-reliance and independence going forward. Guests of the short term housing may participate in the program up to 3 months and may be directly referred by the authorities Client Engagement Center or a partner agency.

For more details on everything from low income apartments to assistance for the disabled and seniors, the Housing Authority of the County of Santa Barbara can be a key resource. As noted, either referrals to other non-profits or direct support is offered. Note many programs, such as section 8 HUD vouchers, have a long waiting list. Call (805) 967-3402.








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